Forrest Lesch-Middelton's Profile

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Forrest was raised in both Central Vermont and the Seattle area of Washington state. “Having lived both in the city and in the country, as-well-as the eastern and western United States, I have developed a great appreciation for the social and the solitary influences that have inspired my work .”
At age fourteen Forrest began working in clay and immediately found a bond with the material and the people making pots as a daily practice. By seventeen Forrest spent much of his time traveling New England visiting studios and connecting with the potters he encountered. Following high-school Forrest was encouraged by a previous instructor to apply to Alfred University in western New York where he spent the following four years studying clay, glass, and neon. From Alfred, Forrest moved to New Castle, Maine where he lived and worked for a year as a resident artist at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Following…

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  • Born on May 1
  • Joined March 12, 2009

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About

Forrest was raised in both Central Vermont and the Seattle area of Washington state. “Having lived both in the city and in the country, as-well-as the eastern and western United States, I have developed a great appreciation for the social and the solitary influences that have inspired my work .”
At age fourteen Forrest began working in clay and immediately found a bond with the material and the people making pots as a daily practice. By seventeen Forrest spent much of his time traveling New England visiting studios and connecting with the potters he encountered. Following high-school Forrest was encouraged by a previous instructor to apply to Alfred University in western New York where he spent the following four years studying clay, glass, and neon. From Alfred, Forrest moved to New Castle, Maine where he lived and worked for a year as a resident artist at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Following Watershed Forrest moved to Mendocino California and worked for two years as a resident artist at The Mendocino Arts Center. During the two years in Mendocino, and in the following year, Forrest spent summers as a guest potter at a family owned pottery on Orcas Island, Washington. At Orcas Island Pottery Forrest honed his skills by making pots daily, re-discovering an appreciation for the solitude and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Forrest refers to this as the most important period in his career.
Still maintaining strong ties to the community of potters on Orcas Island, Forrest moved back to Northern California and co-founded the Center for Ceramic Arts and Sebastian Ward Gallery in a building that previously housed Trax Gallery and the studios of ceramic artists Sandy Simon, Robert Brady, and Peter Volkous.
From 2003 - 2006 Forrest attended graduate school at Utah State University where he developed his innovative techniques and unique style under the instruction of professors John Neely, and J. Daniel Murphy.
Recently Forrest moved back to northern California with his wife Sarah and daughter Mira and has started an artist-in-residence program at, and is the ceramics program director of, the Sonoma Community Center. Forrest teaches at various Bay Area colleges including: Santa Rosa Jr. College, City College of San Francisco, and Solano College and has recently lectured and demonstrated at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California and The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On November 17th, 2010 Forrest’s family welcomed their newest member, a baby girl named Luca.

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